Addressing Affordable Housing Needs
The provision of affordable housing to vulnerable populations is essential to helping them achieve self-sufficiency. Greyston provides affordable housing for 522 individuals in nearly 300 units in our portfolio, including a $32 million multifamily housing development in Yonkers with 92 modern, energy efficient apartments for local working families.
The first Greyston housing units were renovated in the early 1980s for workers at Greyston Bakery, many of whom were formerly homeless and formerly incarcerated persons recruited through Open Hiring. Since that time, Greyston has added hundreds of units including workforce housing, senior housing and permanent, supportive housing facilities for formerly homeless individuals, with buildings located in Yonkers, Pleasantville and Irvington. Many of the tenants within our buildings participate in other programs offered by Greyston, including Workforce Development, Child Care, Greyston Health Services and PathMaking.
Issan House is Greyston’s 35-unit supportive housing SRO (single room occupancy) for formerly homeless people living with HIV/AIDS, almost all of whom (97%) are also diagnosed with severe, persistent mental illness and drug/ alcohol addiction (94 %). It is the only housing of its kind in the Westchester tri-county area. At Issan, approximately fifty tenants a year are provided with an array of specialized services, including community and medical case management, counseling, benefits assistance, life skills training, advocacy, appointment escorts, referrals to other services, and three nutritious meals daily. Tenants are able to take advantage of the services offered at the Maitri Center, including support groups.